Ozarks Outdoors

Explore with Ozarks Outdoors

outdoorphoto2The University of the Ozarks is uniquely situated at the base of the Ozark National Forest, a quick drive from camping areas, hiking trails, and the Buffalo National River. Students are encouraged to discover the natural beauty of Arkansas with Ozarks Outdoors or the student-led club Ozarks Outbackers.

outdoorphoto2aWhile we want students to have fun on these trips, it is also our goal to provide learning opportunities for those who participate. By having students help cook meals and do dishes, learn about Leave No Trace ethics, assist park rangers in trail maintenance, or participating in large-scale river clean-ups, we enable students to develop a whole new set of skills and knowledge that will only contribute to their classroom learning at Ozarks. Whether on a day hike to Hawksbill Crag or a weeklong camping trip in the Ozark Mountains, the connection that is made while exploring the outdoors enhances students’ experiences in the classroom.

For more information about Ozarks Outdoors, e-mail outdoors@ozarks.edu.

 Here are just a few examples of the trips we take throughout the year:

Skiing/Snowboarding in Winter Park, Colorado (Winter Break 2015 & 2016)

LifeOutdoorsPhoto Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky (Fall Break 2016)

Get Wet and Rock It! – Buffalo River float and rock climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (Labor Day weekend)

Garden of the Gods – Illinois (Spring Break 2017)


Ozarks Outdoors to offer Leadership, Safety and Rescue camp

Ozarks Outdoors and Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators are teaming up to offer a week-long camp on Leadership, Safety & Rescue for high school age students.

Reflections on the 2nd annual Arkansas Adventure Programming Conference

The 2nd Annual Arkansas Adventure Programming Conference was held from Friday, April 5 to Sunday April 7 at the beautiful Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) near Jasper, AR.

Need a Job? It Pays to Play Outdoors

During a time when most job markets are struggling, there are jobs in outdoor and environmental fields, especially if you have experience.